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Escape the summer heat at the Sanibel library

By Staff | Aug 16, 2019

PHOTO PROVIDED The After-School Crew will begin meeting again on Thursdays at 3 p.m. starting on Aug. 28.

The Sanibel Public Library’s annual summer reading program has come to a close.

As in previous summers, children read to earn books for their home library and for patients at the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida. The Sanibel Public Library Foundation matched each book earned with a book for the hospital.

In total, 307 participating children logged more than 2,000 hours of reading and other activities. Since the program’s inception in 2012, youths have helped to contribute over 8,000 books to the hospital.

The foundation, along with the Joan Hunt Cory Children’s Fund, underwrites the program. The Children’s Fund was established in 2008 to honor Cory, a longtime library volunteer and supporter.

At 10 a.m. Aug. 22, licensed insurance professional Anthony Idaspe, with the Informed Choice Insurance Agency, will present a program about Medicare choices. It is for educational purposes, no plan-specific details will be shared. Idaspe is not connected with the federal Medicare program.

PHOTO PROVIDED Patrons can borrow board games with their Sanibel Public Library card.

Idaspe will repeat his program on Sept. 10 and Sept. 26, both at 10 a.m.

Come play in the Think Tank on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in August and September. The MagixBox projects interactive images from the ceiling to the floor. Squish mosquitoes, crush eggs or make a trail of stars. It teaches children to use modern technology and to cooperate with others.

On Aug. 28, the following weekly programs for youth will resume:

– Family Story Time: Wednesdays at 11 a.m. and Thursdays at 11 a.m. For young readers and their caregivers, the program helps develop pre-reading skills through songs and stories.

– After-School Crew: Most Thursdays at 3 p.m. Children in kindergarten through fifth grade will enjoy favorite books, never-knew-existed books, games and crafts, with a snack provided. Check the library’s online schedule for program dates.

Library patrons interested in games can check out board games and puzzles to take home, like Bananagrams, Scrabble, Yahtzee, and Apples to Apples. The library also invites the public to work on puzzles and play chess or other board games. There are hundreds of new travel guides available, like Frommer’s, Fodor’s, Rick Steves and Lonely Planet.

Come into the Sanibel library to access Ancestry.com for genealogy research, or to use Fold 3 – military records of people who served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

For the library’s full event schedule, visit “http://www.sanlib.org”>www.sanlib.org.

Library cards are available to residents of Sanibel and Lee County at no charge.

Visitor library cards are available for a $10 annual fee.

The Sanibel Public Library is open Mondays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information, call 239-472-2483 or visit online at www.sanlib.org.

The Sanibel Public Library is at 770 Dunlop Road.